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Warm hands and a sure grip in sub-zero conditions:

Brussels, 27 September 2006. Ansell, a world leader in hand protection, announces the launch of the PowerFlex® T° Hi Viz Yellow™ 80-400. Brightly coloured to improve safety, the PowerFlex® 80-400 is designed for handling and carrying in cold temperatures as low as -30°C. The glove's performance offers a real alternative to fur-lined leather gloves.

Very cold temperatures pose specific health and safety risks, among which hypothermia and frostbite, reduced muscle flexibility and stiffened joints. Productivity is also affected as reduced blood flow to the extremities reduces the dexterity and the sensitivity of the fingers and hand. This causes workers to apply more grip force to handle tools and objects. The result is that fatigue sets in faster and accident rates are often higher.

François Turmel, Business Development Director of Ansell Healthcare Europe states: "This PowerFlex® glove offers the highest level of dexterity and grip Ansell has ever achieved for cold environments. We strongly recommend it to outdoor workers and others who do heavy work in the winter or in refrigerated areas."

The PowerFlex® T° Hi Viz Yellow™ 80-400 is recommended for handling and carrying in cold outdoor environments, for tasks such as public maintenance, construction, refuse collection, transport and shipping, as well as in indoor refrigeration and cooling plants.

After exposure to wet work conditions, (rain, melted snow, etc.) leather gloves become stiff when dry; the PowerFlex® retains its original softness and flexibility. Perspiration can easily evaporate during wear through the knitted liner covering the back of the glove, unlike with fur-lined leather gloves. Where fur becomes compressed with repeated wear, insulation can be affected; the thickness of the PowerFlex®'s terry lining will not alter and its insulating properties outlast those of fur.

Ansell's latest innovation in industrial gloves combines an insulating thermal terry loop acrylic liner with a special crinkle-finish latex outer coating which ensures excellent grip in both dry and wet conditions. Thanks to a precisely controlled forming and dipping process, the glove's insulating latex coating is of consistent thickness and offers the wearer superb fit and flexibility. The thumb is also coated, offering improved grip and providing the increased cushioning needed in heavy handling applications. A continuous cuff ensures additional protection as well as a secure hold on the wrist. The glove's seamless knitted liner was designed with safety in mind: it is a bright yellow colour, offering high visibility in low or poor light conditions.

PowerFlex® T° Hi Viz Yellow™ 80-400 is a trademark of Ansell Ltd. or one of its affiliates.


About Ansell:

Ansell Limited is a global leader in barrier protective products. With operations in the Americas, Europe, and Asia, Ansell employs more than 11, 000 people worldwide and holds leading positions in the natural latex and synthetic polymer glove and condom markets. Ansell operates in three main business segments: Occupational Healthcare, supplying hand protection to the industrial market; Professional Healthcare, supplying surgical and examination gloves to healthcare professionals; and Consumer Healthcare, supplying condoms and consumer hand protection. Information on Ansell and its products can be found at

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For more information about PowerFlex® T° Hi Viz Yellow™ 80-400 or Ansell products, please contact:
Wouter Piepers, Global Communications Director, tel: +32 2 528 75 68, cellular: +32 478 33 56 32, email:

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